Are you going through a divorce right now in the state of Florida, or considering one? One of the things that may be top of mind for you then is alimony. You may be wondering not only how it works in the state of Florida but whether or not you may be required to pay it to your soon to be former spouse. We understand these questions as we work with our clients throughout Florida on this very issue. Let us share with you five specific things you need to know about alimony right here in our blog.
1. What is alimony? Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is the legal obligation for one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse after a divorce or separation. Although it is designed to help the lower-earning or non-earning spouse maintain a similar standard of living they had during the marriage, this is not always the case. Your experienced Florida divorce attorney will be able to advise you, based on your individual circumstances, what alimony may look like in your case.
2. What factors impact alimony calculations? There are many factors that can impact your potential alimony, or that of your current spouse. They can include, but not be limited to, the length of the marriage, the income and earning capacity of both spouses, the age and health of each spouse, the standard of living established during the marriage, and the presence of any children or other dependents.
3. How will alimony be awarded? The alimony award will be determined during your divorce proceedings. There are different ways to receive alimony. It can be awarded as a lump sum payment or as periodic payments over a specified period. It can also be modifiable or non-modifiable, meaning it can be changed or terminated based on certain conditions, such as a change in the financial circumstances of either spouse or the remarriage of the recipient.
We understand that you may have many questions about alimony. At the Law Offices of Suzanne St. Luce, P.A., our staff is qualified to offer a wide range of legal services. Our attorney has over 20 years of experience and we want to help you with your case. We take all cases… Personally. Please contact us for questions related to your specific situation.